Dia de los Muertos, Oaxaca, Mexico

Haunted happenings and events around the world

Oct 31, 2018

Travelling to places to visit sites or partake in events associated with death and the macabre has been carried out by tourists since the eleventh century - this has been given the title ‘dark tourism’. So, what is it about places of death or calamity that attract flocks of tourists each year? Is it the holistic view that dark tourists visit these sites as a way of remembering a tragedy or to better educate themselves. Or is it that we simply like to be thrilled and entertained? What ever the reason may be, what better time to throw yourself into dark tourism than Halloween? Here are a variety of destinations around the world where you can do just that.

Akershus Festning, Oslo, Norway
Akershus Festning, Oslo, Norway
Northern Lights, Norway

The land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun

Oct 17, 2018

As the Earth tilts on its axis, relative to the sun, the seasons evolve. Above the Arctic Circle the seasons are more profound, as out of the darkness of winter comes the light of an endless summer.

Midnight Sun, Norway
Midnight Sun, Norway
Svalbard, Norway

The five seasons of Svalbard

Oct 17, 2018

In the polar regions, the power of the sun can be felt more intensely than anywhere else in the world. She provides constant light in the summer and does not rise above the horizon in the winter, leaving the land soaked in mystical darkness. Her warmth is a gentle glow, her rays colour the sky in pinks, purples and golds, and sometimes she appears so close that you feel like you could touch her. Words cannot accurately describe the sheer magnificence of Svalbard. As the most readily accessible region of the polar north, the scenery and sheer beauty is the epitome of our Arctic dreams.

Dark winter, Svalbard, Norway
Dark winter, Svalbard, Norway
Convento de San Esteban, Salamanca, Spain

Salamanca - guest blog by Jono Vernon-Powell, Nomadic Thoughts

Oct 08, 2018

Although I have only recently made my first visit to Salamanca, it has instantly become one of my favourite Spanish cities. An historical heavyweight, it also exudes a youthful vibrancy in its magical array of authentic golden-coloured stone buildings, twisting streets, ornate squares and buzzing plazas.

Salamanca, Castilla y Leon, Spain
Salamanca, Castilla y Leon, Spain
Los Barrios de Luna Village, Leon, Castilla y Leon

Introduction to Castilla y Leon

Oct 04, 2018

To the north of Extremadura lies the region of Castilla y Leon representing almost 20% of Spain. It is an autonomous community constituted in 1983 although the 2 kingdoms actually merged in 1230. It is the largest region in Spain, covering 36,380 square miles and has a population of 2.5 million.

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Castilla y Leon
Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Castilla y Leon
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Noel Josephides

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